Situated in one of Barcelona's most charming neighborhoods, Orio restaurant is in a lovely plaza in the Born, right across from the Santa Catarina Market. If you're looking for quality Mediterranean, Basque Country and Spanish food – with a healthy mix of entrees, tapas, wine and desserts – this is a sure bet.
Unassuming, cozy and rustic, Orio is part of the Sagardi Group, one of Spain's most well-known companies specializing in traditional Basque gastronomy.
Orio is certainly one of the group's most popular Barcelona restaurants. It's large enough for bigger gatherings, yet intimate enough if you feel like grabbing a bite or a meal with a few friends. They also have a charming outdoor patio, which is open all year, with the help of some pretty powerful heaters.
Orio Barcelona — Photo courtesy of Sagardi Group
The menu at Orio specializes in Basque dishes, as well as some of the more typical, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. It's quite extensive, and all of it is high quality, with the meat and seafood being especially tasty.
And if you happen to be a vegetarian or vegan, not to worry. Some restaurants are still foreign to this "breed"; however, Orio caters to dietary restrictions, although it's best if you call in advance to give them notice.
As Orio is situated in the Born neighborhood, there are plenty of excellent bars and clubs as well as markets nearby. After lunch, maybe take a stroll to Santa Catarina Market and shop for fresh produce and cured meats and cheeses. Or walk across Via Laietana to the Cathedral, which is always bustling – especially around holidays and special events.
And if you're in the mood to shop, take a stroll along Passeig Del Born or Calle Princessa or any of the windy alleyways jutting off the main streets. Here, you can eplore the beautifully charming boutique shops with one-off items, as well as unique clothes and accessories.
Since its inception in 1996, the Sagardi Group has strived to revive authentic Basque cooking in its restaurants around the country and the world. Today, the group includes 24 establishments, including 21 restaurants and two hotels, as well as a catering line.
Out of the restaurants, 14 are in Barcelona, two in Madrid, three in Valencia and three outside of Spain in Buenos Aires, Santiago Chile and Oporto. While Orio may be one of Barcelona's favorites, all are worth checking into.